The Dodge Challenger Hellcat has seen incredible popularity with the production facilities struggling to meet demand. That’s led many drivers to ask the question, “What is a Hellcat?” Most cars have some sort of origin behind the name and the Hellcat is no exception. Here’s the story of how the Hellcat got its name, courtesy of those of us here at Withnell Dodge Ram.
With project names like Tigershark, Apache, and Alley Cat, it was clear the most powerful Dodge Challenger to date was bound to get a fierce name. When the design team voted, the two finalists were Alley Cat and Hellcat. In the end, Hellcat was the winner.
A Hellcat is a carrier-based fighter aircraft and World War II tank destroyer, giving this performance-driven model a fierce name to go along with its power.
So, why is the Dodge Challenger Hellcat so popular?
Well, the Challenger Hellcat features a sleek, recognizable style that drivers love while maintaining the modern technologies we’ve grown accustomed to. Even more appealing, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat packs a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine that pumps out a massive 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. With a 0-to-60 mph time of just 3.6 seconds with an automatic transmission, performance is the Hellcat’s middle name.